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To help defend Ukraine from the Russian invasion, and to help those volunteer 

soldiers that have been crippled, maimed, or disabled, please contribute. 

You can make a donation to the IRS tax deductible 501C3 charity:
Ukrainian American Freedom Foundation (UAFF)
Medical and Self Defense Account # 1100443653
c/o Ukrainian Federal Credit Union
562 Genesee St. Buffalo, NY 14204 USA.  Questions: (716) 856-4476. Prevous Fundraisers Report Click HERE

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to her heroes!

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Aug 22Saturday, 6:00pm -  the Ukrainian Cultural Center “Dnipro” will host a reception banquet to honor local businessman and philanthropist John Yurtchuk. See press release Click Here
Aug 23Sunday, Noon - 7pm, Ukrainian-American Day at Ukrainian Cultural Center "Dnipro" at 562 Genesee Street, Buffalo NY featuring ethnic dance performances, live music, delicious Ukrainian foods, cash bar, Bounce House for the kids, games, arts & craft vendors, historic building tours, and lots of family fun, rain or shine. Ample parking available and Admission is FREE. For more info call Akacia 674-4916.
Aug 28Friday, 5:00pm, Liturgy for Peace in Ukraine (Feast of Dormition of BVM on Julian Calendar) Fatima Shrine, Youngstown, NY
Sept 13Sunday, Noon - 7pm, Annual Ukrainian Festival at St John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church 3275 Elmwood Ave, Kenmore NY featuring ethnic dance performances, music, ethnic Ukrainian food, Pierogi, Cabbage Rolls, Baked Goods, cash bar, vendors. Ample parking available and Admission is FREE.

These Are The Weapons That Russia Is Pouring Into Eastern Ukraine

Jeremy Bender
Jan. 22, 2015, 5:35 PM
Ukraine SeparatistsRussian-paid separatists pose aboard a mobile anti-aircraft battery.
As Russian military supplies continue to enter Ukraine, it becomes harder by the day for Putin to deny that Moscow is providing arms to the separatists.
In fact Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the US Army's top commander in Europe, says that Russian support for separatists has "doubled" since Ukraine and Russia reached a tentative ceasefire.
"When you look at the amount of Russian equipment that the proxies were using prior to the Minsk agreements, that amount has doubled beginning in December into the hundreds," Hodges told reporters on his first visit to Ukraine. Read More HERE

Local Ukrainians packing Aid to Ukraine

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Ukraine: Rebel Forces Detain, Torture Civilians
(Berlin) – Russian-backed insurgent forces in eastern Ukraine are arbitrarily detaining civilians and subjecting them to torture, degrading treatment, and forced labor. They also have detained civilians for use as hostages.
Beginning in April 2014, armed fighters supporting the self-proclaimed... Read More

How to fight information war with Russia
What does the Russian propaganda war mean for Ukraine and the world? How do you fight it? Experts from the United States, Britain and Ukraine attempted to answer these and other questions at the Kyiv Post Tiger Conference. Below are some of the highlights from their talks.
Macon Phillips, coordinator of Bureau of International Information... Read More.

How Putin showed himself to the world through the war in Ukraine
It's striking how perception of Vladimir Putin has changed since the beginning of his war in Ukraine. The eccentric, macho Vlad of the past who liked to bend rules in the eyes of the West has been replaced by an evil, unpredictable and threatening character whose hand you shun to shake. .. Read More

Associated Press: Deaths keep rising in #Ukraine, now over 4,300

GENEVA (AP) — The fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 300 people in the past month despite a cease-fire and has violated people's rights so much it could amount to war crimes, U.N. rights investigators said Thursday.
A new report from the U.N. team in Ukraine said at least 4,317 people have been killed in the conflict that began in mid-April and the number of people internally displaced by the violence has risen sharply in the past two months to nearly 466,830 in all.
The report also cited allegations of serious human rights abuses by armed groups, including torture, detention, executions, forced labor and sexual violence that "are of a systematic nature and may amount to crimes against humanity." Read More

Ukraine's fightback has surprised the Kremlin
But the Kyiv government still has a mountain to climb.To those who accept Vladimir Putin’s view of Ukraine as an ‘artificial state’, the routing of pro-Russian insurgents from their stronghold in Slavyansk on July 5 might have come as a shock. It certainly appears to have surprised the Kremlin.
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Babylon’13 film ‘Heaven’s Hundred’ with English, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian subtitles by EuromaidanPR

Heroes do not die!

With the very same words Ukraine had been following her sons and daughters to the grave. Those, who died for their country and people. The best have left us again. Those, for whom such words as ‘truth’, ‘dignity’, ‘freedom’ and ‘Ukraine’ were not just the simple words, but the true meaning of their lives. Read More and Watch a Video

Dnipro on Buffalo News Front Page May 3, 2014

The beating heart of Ukraine’s freedom movement fills the building on Genesee Street in Buffalo.

The Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center, a gray, three-story structure that most of us pass without much thought, is more than a slice of Eastern Europe on Buffalo's East Side. The century-old structure is an outpost of solidarity with distant friends and relatives. Its walls barely contain the anger, anxiety and distress over turmoil in a homeland desperate to lurch into the 21st century, yet yoked economically to a historic oppressor bent on re-tightening its grip. Read More Here

The Ukrainian Cultural Center Dnipro Buffalo Rising April 28, 2014

When I arrived at Dnipro Ukrainian Center at 562 Genesee Street, Emil Bandriwsky met me at the door. Before we went inside, he pointed to the lower corner of the building’s exterior to a year that had been etched into the stone. 1914. "The building was built 100 years ago by the Germans,” he said. "It was seized by the U.S. government during WWII, changed hands and we bought it from the City of Buffalo foreclosure auction in 1955.” Before I even entered the building, my history lesson had begun. Read More Here

Reply to Caputo On Crimea article in ArtVoice March 27, 2014

Thanks to Mike Caputo for sharing his personal, and professional, insights into Russia's most recent invasion of Ukraine. Two of his main points deserve amplification. The first, is the pervasive effect of the Kremlin's propaganda and it's stranglehold on Russia's mass media, with the goal of whipping up ultra-nationalist  (read fascist) fervor inside of Russia.  Putin's deliberate destabilization of Eastern Ukraine combines the positioning of 40,000 heavily armed invasion troops at the border, while continuing the systematic brainwashing perfected during 350 years of Russian occupation, which was supplemented by the resettlement of ethnic Russian after the depopulation of 7 million deliberate famine victims during Read More in PDF

The Long Walk To Freedom by Volodymyr Viatrovych

The title of this article is borrowed from the book of memoirs by Nelson Mandela, the famous freedom fighter.  He devoted almost half a century to the liberation of his people.  In the week following his death, the main stories of the world media were the funeral of this great African and the millions of Ukrainian on Kyiv's central square.  The victory seemed so close than, that Mandela's cautionary statements about the long road to freedom was seen as irrelevant. Reed more in PDF

Budapest Memorandum - December 5, 1994

Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.  The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Welcoming the accession of Ukraine to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear-weapon State. Taking into account the commitment of Ukraine to eliminate all nuclear weapons from its territory within a specified period of time, Noting the changes in the world-wide security situation, including the end of the Cold War, which have brought about conditions for deep reductions in nuclear forces. Read more in PDF 

Conflict with Russia galvanizes Ukraine's identity, triggers surge of patriotism - Associated Press - March 30, 2014

In this Sunday, March 9, 2014 photo a young Ukrainian woman holds a Ukrainian flag during celebrations of the 200th birthday anniversary of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in the Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukraine. The monument to the poet is in the background. Ukraine, a land the size of France with a population of 46 million, has historically been a massive prize in the heart of Europe. Read More in PDF

Obama Hops on LNG Train, but Is That Train Even Leaving?

By Oilprice.com  - March 27, 2014   The Motley Fool 

U.S. President Barack Obama said a trans-Atlantic trade deal under review could help break Russia's grip on the region's energy sector. New LNG leeway in the United States could help the cause, though any meaningful relief for Europe may arrive long after the immediate crisis is over. "Once we have a trade agreement in place, export licenses for projects for liquefied natural gas destined to Europe would be much easier, something that is obviously relevant in today's geopolitical environment" the president said. U.S. policymakers have said more energy exports could help European allies, Ukraine in particular, who are struggling to break Russia's grip on the region's energy sector. Read more in PDF

Kiev's Russian-Trained Assassins

by Jamie Dettmer - March 30, 2014 -The Daily Beast

KIEV, Ukraine≈The first crack of a sniper's round in Kiev's Independence Square came shortly after nine o'clock on the morning of February 20 and the last about seven hours later at around four o'clock in the afternoon drawing to a close the bloodiest day in what had been a months-long struggle to oust Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych. Read More in PDF

Parliamentary Titushkism

By Halya Coynash   Jan 20, 2014 -ukraineanalysis.wordpress.com

Whether the blow inflicted on Ukraine's fragile democracy last week proves fatal will depend on a number of factors, not all linked with the EuroMaidan mass demonstrations.  The blitzkrieg attack was so brazen both in method and ammunition used that all protest from the west seemed scarcely worth the effort.

This, I believe, is not yet the case.  A president desperate to remain in power and his parliamentary titushki may do the opposition and civic activists a favour    if some painful lessons can be learned. Read More in PDF

From loyal aides and 'inner voice', Putin hears no Crimea dissent

By Elizabeth Piper   Reuters - March 12, 2014 MOSCOW (Reuters)

Surrounded by faithful aides, President Vladimir Putin hears no opposition to his plans in Crimea, allowing him to drive Russia's bid to reclaim Ukraine's southern region guided by little more than his "inner voice". Former and current officials paint a picture of a leader who counts on the unswerving loyalty of a handful of advisers from his administration and security services to draft policy that has plunged relations with the West to a new post-Cold War low. That the seizure of Crimea, home to Russia's Black Sea Fleet, could tip a faltering economy. Read More in PDF

Stop this man: U.S. needs deeper involvement in Ukraine

By Garry Kasparov   March 16, 2014   New York Daily News
Trying to ignore the world's dangers and dictators never works for long, and the situation in Ukraine will be harder to deal with the longer strong measures against Russia and Putin are delayed. Get his attention ≈ Vladimir Putin must know that the U.S. has the means and the will to follow through with the harshest sanctions. In this age of instantaneous global communications, people don't give a second thought to finding out what is happening on the other side of the world. A missing plane in Asia, a gory murder trial in Africa: It's all there with one click of the mouse or turn of the page. Read More in PDF

The Enigmatic "Russian Soul"

by Sergey Maidukov March 28, 2014

What makes the Russian national character so special? Is it really true that they are different from the other people?The answer is┘ yes, definitely. Born In The USSR

Ranked at number 155 according to the Global Peace Index, Russia is one of the most dangerous countries in the whole world. It is notorious as the lawless land, where people are assassinated every 18 minutes, averaging 84 murders per day in a nation of 143 million.

The other side of the coin is a high level of suicide. The Serbsky State Research Center in Moscow announced that Russia had reached second place in the world in suicide rates, behind only Lithuania. In the years between 1993 and 2013, about a million Russians killed themselves. Furthermore, another million die each year from alcohol- and smoking-related causes. Read More in PDF

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A documentary film "A Kingdom Reborn: Treasures from Ukrainian Galicia" was about the art and architectural treasures of Lviv and Western Ukraine. It presented Lviv and its cityscape, and the region's myths, legends and artistic achievements, as constantly shifting arenas where diverse and complex identities evolved and now face specific challenges in the 21st century. It was produced by by Dani Stodilka from Toronto and was sponsored by Ukrainian National Women's League of America, Br. 97. on Saturday, March 21. Everyone that came to watch a movie learned something new about Halychuna and it's history, and went home once again proud to be Ukrainian.
For a synopsis, visit www.akingdomreborn.com.

  Saturday, February 21st at. Dnipro

  This art party and fundraiser featured two floors of live music,   dancing, cutting edge art installations, performances, a silent art   auction with art from some of the best artists from this region, a   video screening room, etc.

Please take a moment to sign this important petition, requesting that the NY Times revoke the Pulitzer given to Duranty in 1932 despite disproven lies he perpetuated about the Holodomor (Ukrainian genocide famine) http://www.petitiononline.com/lozo2008/petition.html

Big Wheelie and a Hubcaps at Dnipro, February 14


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While American Holiday Season is ending, Ukrainian Holiday Season is just starting. It starts with UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS on January 7th. For the Ukrainian people Christmas is the most important family holiday of the whole year. It is celebrated solemnly, as well as merrily, according to ancient customs that have come down through the ages and are still observed today.

Ukrainian Christmas festivities begin on Christmas Eve, January 6th and end on the Feast of the Epiphany by old Julian Calendar.
The Christmas Eve Supper or Sviata Vecheria (Holy Supper) brings the family together to partake in special foods and begin the holiday with many customs and traditions, which reach back to antiquity. The rituals of the Christmas Eve are dedicated to God, to the welfare of the family, and to the remembrance of the ancestors. With the appearance of the first star which is believed to be the Star of Bethlehem, the family gathers to begin supper.

Did you know? It wasn't a surprise to local Ukrainian-Americans to learn that Wolodymir Klitschko, world heavyweight champion, has sucessfully defended his IBF, WBO and IBO titles on December, 13, 2008. Klitschko won against Hasim Rahman in the seventh round at SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany. To learn more about his last fight and view more videos from previous fights visit www.klitschko.com, the official homepage of Wolodymyr and Vitaliy Klitschko. The homepage is written in Ukrainian and English and provides interesting facts about two brothers and their boxing careers.

Interesting fact: Wladimir Klitschko 244.2 lbs
Hasim Rahman 253 lbs

Happy Holidays Season: Celebrating Two Christmases

Adjusting to life in my adopting country and culture takes time and patience. On one hand it's hard. On opposite, it's more fun, especially when it comes to celebrating religious holidays. Because most of the Christian holidays around the world have the same meaning, but continue to be celebrated according to two calendars Julian and Gregorian, I've found December and January are the busiest months with marks on my personal calendar. They combine holidays celebrated in both countries with which I have connections-Ukraine and the USA .
December 19 - St. Nicholas, Sviatyij Mykolai Day. The popular traditional gift giving day in Ukraine According to cultural rituals, children and adults receive presents which they "discover" under their pillows on early morning and the person named Nicholas-Mykola receives special treatment on this day. Schools have plays telling Nicholas stories and the saint visits local youth organizations. He quizzes children on their catechism before giving gifts. It's similar to the American Christmas when people exchange presents.
December 24-26 - Christmas Eve and Day. READ MORE

By Zanna Vaida

St. John Church BAZAAR

What do you expect when you go to a Bazaar? Bargains, food, friendly atmosphere and social networking? How wonderful! What about money savings for the Holidays?
The annual "Save for the Holidays" Christmas Bazaar at the St.. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church on November 22 became a bargain marketplace for its parishioners and residents of the surrounding areas, including the city and village of Tonawanda, Kenmore, Buffalo, Amherst and others in WNY.
The community family friendly event included "trash and treasures" bargain savings, book lovers sale, diverse vendors, hot lunch with popular hot ethnic and american food, and theme baskets and meat raffles. Nobody left empty-handed and everyone saved for this Holiday Season. The excellent bargain prices and great social networking event was enjoyed by all who came.
For everybody, who couldn't attend the Bazaar for different reasons, we hope to see you at the Eastern Bazaar for the same reason: Save for the Holidays. Come to our marketplace to save, socialize and network. We'll keep you posted about the scheduled date and time in advance. Keep an eye on www.ukrainiansofbuffalo.com for more exciting news.


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!

Did you know?
A Bazaar is a permanent merchandising area, marketplace, or street of shops where goods and services are exchanged or sold. The word Bazaar derives from the Persian word bazar, the etymology of which goes back to the meaning "the place of prices."

By Zanna Vaida

St. Nicholas Church Bazaar

Christmas Bazaar of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church was on Nov 15 - 16, 10am - 5pm
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Halloween 2008 at DNIPRO

8th ANNUAL HALLOWEEN BLAST at DNIPRO was the Biggest Party of the Year. Costumes, snacks, drink specials, cool music, great turnout this year and every year. See a Flyer


October 19, 2008 at Dnipro

Rev. Demetrius Laptuta - Ukrainian Pastor dies at 89

The Very Rev. Demetrius Laptuta, longtime pastor of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Niagara Falls, NY died Wednesday, Oct.15 in the parish rectory after a long illness. Born in Batavia, Father Laptuta was ordained in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, Redemptorist Fathers, on May 26, 1945, in Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Philadelphia. Before joining St. Mary's, he served as pastor of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Newark, N. J.; Holy Eucharistic Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toronto; and St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in the Town of Kenmore, NY

Vitali Klitschko regains WBC heavyweight championship

With an impressive return to the boxing ring, Vitali Klitschko reclaimed his WBC belt on October 11, 2008, in Berlin, Germany. 1400 days outside of the ring, beat Samuel Peter by technical KO when the Nigerian could not continue in round 9. More Info

Buffalo Bills Tailgate Party at DNIPRO, Sep. 28

From Ukrainians Of Buffalo

All of our Members and Friends enjoyed a great time as we watched our Bills defeat the St Louis Rams 31-14. A small $10 cover charge included draft beer, and a great selection of delicious food by our friend and Polish chef, Bruce, including BarBQue Chicken, Chili Dogs, Sloppy Joes, French fries, Chips and Dips.

Come for our next Tailgate Party Dec. 7 at 2pm.

September 7 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church

The Annual Western New York Ukrainian Festival was celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day on the beautiful grounds of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church at 3275 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore. This year's Festival, celebrated on Sunday, September 7, 2008, from noon to 8 pm, was attended by almost a thousand people. Many Americans, and people of other nationalities, joined with members of the local Ukrainian-American community to enjoy an afternoon of friendship and a love of Ukrainian food, music and traditions.
The Ukrainian Dance Group "Dunai" from Rochester, came with a busload of very talented young dancers that entertained the applauding spectators.
In addition to the cultural program on the stage of the huge Banquet Hall, there was also a live concert performed outside by a musical ensemble from Rochester.
Several local politicians congratulated the Ukrainian Festival, including heavyweight boxer Joe Mesi, candidate for NY Senate. Many Ukrainian songs were performed on stage by the guitar duet of little Stefan Kuklich, (Father Kuklich's 6 year old son), and Myron Deputat, choir master and band leader of "Those Idiots".
There was an abundance of pyrohy (pierogi), holubtsi (cabbage rolls), kielbasa with sour kraut, chicken barbeque, and a lot of home made sweets with coffee. Hundreds of people enjoyed their meals at the festival, and took some home too.
After the concert there was a Chinese auction of 50 different baskets and gift certificates. Everyone had a great time and is looking forward to next year's Ukrainian Festival in Kenmore, NY

Ukrainian Day at DNIPRO, August 24, 2008

Rentals start at $800 per event.

Dnipro hall


DNIPRO was featured on ForgottenBuffalo.com - An Urban Explorer's Guide to the Buffalo-Niagara Region: Unique Landmarks, Historic Gin Mills, Old World Neighborhoods, History and More!

DNIPRO was included Forgotten Buffalo Tours on Sept. 13, 2008 Click Here

Fundraiser Held in Ukrainian Cultural Home DNIPRO.


Jesse Horbacz from Buffalo literally put his own life in danger to save his toddler from a burning Southern Tier home on November 23. He paid the price second- and third-degree burns on over 40 percent of his body. Saturday night, hundreds came out to support this Buffalo man. Read More... Watch Video.



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